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OSHA Compliance – Issues Your Warehouse Should Track in 2018

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Feb 1, 2018 4:00:00 AM

OSHA compliance is always a concern, and it pays to know what issues this regulatory agency will focus on in 2018. Among things like expansion of its Compliance Assistance program and major changes to lockout/tagout males-2506825_640.jpgrequirements, OSHA’s electronic reporting rules make the top 10 OSHA issues your business should track.

Why? Lack of compliance will cost you more today than it did a year ago.

Compliance issues your warehouse should focus on

Release of hazardous energy ranked in the top five most frequently cited standard violations by OSHA in 2017. Failure to provide hazard communication ranked number two on this list. So, lockout/tagout is expected to be a top focus of safety inspectors in 2018.

OSHA's lockout/tagout fact sheet describes the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment to prevent hazardous energy release. Fleet telematic lockout/tagout features can ensure that any vehicle with a safety or repair issue can’t be used.

Electronic reporting may be evolving

OSHA recently updated its website with important changes pending:

  • Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to submit the 2017 Form-301A summary data. OSHA is not expecting the 300 or the 301 information at this time.
  • OSHA will reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “improve tracking of workplace injuries or illnesses” rule, including the collection of the 300 and 301 forms. The prospective deadline for the next submission is July 1, 2018.

Changes to the e-recordkeeping rule

President Trump's first and second regulatory agendas include initiating new rulemaking to rescind/amend the e-recordkeeping rule. Possible revisions include:

  • Limiting the scope of injury data employers must submit (e.g., even large employers may be allowed to submit only 300A annual summaries instead of 300 logs or 301 incident reports)
  • Increasing the threshold trigger to be considered a “High Hazard Industry”
  • Increasing the threshold number of employees for smaller employers to be covered by the electronic record-keeping rule
  • Eliminating or cutting down on Anti-Retaliation provisions, which prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness and protects employees from retaliation

Telematics makes reporting easier

As fines increase, having the right tools is increasingly important. The use of a telematics system can help you track key data points across your warehouse or facility.

  • Safety checklist enforcement – Ensure each forklift operator completes a required safety checklist before using a vehicle.
  • Operator certification – Track certifications for each operator and the date of expiration, and prevent the operator from using a forklift until he/she has completed recertification.
  • Utilization reports - Get data on an operator and unit activity across a period of time. This data can help change traffic patterns or location of products to assist in reducing accidents.

The only way to ensure your facility is compliant with OSHA regulations is to stay up-to-date with new developments and rule revisions. It is also wise to use telematic monitoring to ensure certain regulations — like lockout/tagout — are in full compliance every shift, every day.

Topics: OSHA compliance, connected warehouse solutions, lockout/tagout function, accident reporting

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